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Comment Re:Not AI (Score 1) 149

To paraphrase Dijkstra, would you consider "strong swimming", i.e., swim like a fish, to be a requirement for understanding how to navigate an artifact under water? And is a submarine merely a "weak swimmer", even though it outperforms all known types of fish in speed?

MIT To Offer Internet of Things Training For Professionals (computerworld.com) 63

dcblogs writes: MIT is offering an online course about the Internet of Things, and this is what you need to know up front: It's going to require, perhaps, six to eight hours of study time a week, which includes watching videos of lectures, engaging with faculty and fellow students in forums and taking tests. It begins April 12 and continues through May 24. It costs $495, and unlike some online courses, there is no free option. Students who complete the program and pass the tests earn a certificate of completion and 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in MIT's professional education program. In exchange for their time and money, students will get an introduction, a roadmap, into the IoT and hear from some of the university's top professors, including Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web. This professional program is a relatively new effort for the university.

Comment Re: Those who would give up essential Liberty... (Score 1) 395

Given that IQ is normally distributed with a mean at 100 and a standard deviation of 15, the probability of a score falling at 100 points (IQ is discrete), corresponds to the probability of falling between 99.5 and 100.5 on the continuous distribution. This probability is 2.7% -- so you were not far off with your 4%.

Comment Re:Climatology (Score 1) 288

You might have missed the implication that the purpose of a falsifiable theory is that you can forget about it once it is, indeed, falsified. Astrology is a fine scientific theory that has been shown to be wrong. Many more reputable scientific theories have gone that way.

Comment Re:Oh the Irony..... (Score 2) 735

> It tells me that "some" people are ignorant and racists

Half of people are below average intelligence.

*shakes head* Median. Half of people are below median intelligence.

*shakes head a bit more* Average. Half of the people are below average intelligence. Due to the law of large numbers and the construction that intelligence has finite variance, intelligence is normally distributed. Therefore the statement holds for the three most used averages: Mode, Median and (arithmetic) Mean.

Comment Re:15 years old? (Score 2) 475

Ever heard of a country called the Netherlands? Size of Maryland, population 17 million, one of the densest in the world? Also happens to be consistently it the top-3 of agricultural exporters in the world, and most of that stuff is grown in the middle of the densest part of that country. Feeding 17 million people, with enough to spare to feed half of Germany.

Comment Re:The Left's fear of technology (Score 1) 366

If I can comment from another continent. The "left" in the US seems to be a diverse field of right wing, centrist and left wing politicians that disagree about a great many things. The "right" in the US is off the charts. Absolutely crazy, beyond redemption. The Reps need to die and give room for the Dems to split into right and left.

Comment Re:he should know better (Score 1) 319

So "freedom of speech" means "freedom of speech"? I don't see a definition in the article you quoted, just a blanket statement that it cannot abridge the thing that it fails to define. This has lead in the US to endless confusion: is yelling "fire in a theatre" freedom of speech? Is money speech? Honestly, it is much clearer what is protected in the German version. You might not like it as it might sound too constrained, but at the very least it is a definition, not an empty phrase.

Comment Re:Litigious Much (Score 1) 818

I think you're confused about the meaning of agnostic and atheist, as these are answers to different questions. The agnostic answers "no" to the question "do you know God exists?". The atheist answers "no" to the question "do you believe in God?". In many cases, the agnostic answer automatically leads to the atheist position (why would you believe in God if you have no knowledge of her?)

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